How to import contacts to Gmail

Sync Contacts to Gmail

A worldwide used and trustworthy mail exchange is Google-backed powerful email service known as Gmail. While contacts can be backed up on the computer (PC /Mac etc.) or iCloud, but in the first place storing as a backup compared with syncing is less advantageous. Secondly, computers are susceptible to damages or virus infection and hence the degree of information security considerably decreases due to risk factor.

Syncing contact to Gmail enjoys a lot of benefits including simultaneous updating of contacts and elimination of risk factors due to Google’s power behind it.

How to Set Up IMAP and POP Settings for Verizon Email

While the SMTP settings let you send out emails, you’ll need to set up POP or IMAP settings to access incoming emails to your Verizon account.

Let’s look at how to configure these settings inside Gmail and Outlook.

A. Setting Up Verizon POP Settings in Gmail

Note: With Gmail, you can only set up your Verizon Email account with POP and not IMAP. As a result, your emails will get downloaded but won’t be synced back to the server.

Step 1 Launch the Gmail web app and log in to your Gmail account. Then, click on the Settings gear icon and go to Sell all settings > Accounts and Import.

Step 2 Scroll down until you see the Check mail from other account: section and click on Add mail account.

Step 3 Type in your Verizon Email address and hit Next.

Step 4 Click on the radio button next to Import emails from my other account (POP3) and click Next.

Step 5 Choose the 995 port number for the incoming mail server and enter the POP server name: (for Verizon AOL) and  (for Verizon Yahoo).

Step 6 Click Add Account.

You should now be able to receive emails to your Verizon Email account inside the Gmail app.

B. Setting Up Verizon IMAP/POP Settings in Outlook

Step 1 Launch the Outlook app on your computer and go to File > Info > Add Account.

Step 2 Tick the checkbox beside Let me set up my account manually and click Connect.

Step 3 Once the connection between your Verizon Email account and Outlook has been established, you can select the IMAP or POP account type and add the IMAP/POP settings.

For IMAP, the port number needs to be 993, SSL encryption must be in use, and the server name should be imap.aol.com (for Verizon AOL) and (for Verizon Yahoo).

For POP, the port number needs to be 995, SSL encryption must be in use, and the server name should be (for Verizon AOL) and (for Verizon Yahoo).

Your Verizon Email account should now be set up and ready to receive emails inside the Outlook mail app.

Similarly, you can also configure the SMTP settings and IMAP/POP settings inside other email clients (e.g., Mozilla Thunderbird) on your web browser. Additionally, you can add these settings to your iOS (e.g., iPhone) and Android (e.g., Samsung S21) devices.

But remember, the steps for configuring these settings will vary across different webmail clients.

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The following section is for Verizon AOL users experiencing issues when using their Verizon email account in Outlook. If you don’t face such problems, feel free to skip ahead to the FAQs section.

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How To Export Contacts From Android Smartphone

If you’re using an Android smartphone and you have all your contacts saved locally, or on the SIM card, you can still export them quite easily. 

Different Android manufacturers use their own contacts app. This is why we would recommend you use a third-party app to export the local contacts. 

The Super Backup & Restore app is a reliable solution to back up and restore contacts and call logs.

  1. After installing the app, go to the Contacts section.
  2. Here, to back up all contacts, choose the Backup All option.
  3. From the next screen, you can change the name of the VCF file. Then tap the OK button. 
  1. The app has now created a VCF file for you and it will be saved to the local storage. The app will ask if you want to upload it to Google Drive or share it to other apps.
  2. We would recommend that you email this file to yourself. Choose the Send to Others option and then from the apps list, tap on Gmail.
  3. Enter your email address in the To field and then send the email.

This way, the VCF file will always be available in your Gmail account, and you can download or import it on any platform (this can be useful if you’re moving from Android to iPhone). 

How to sync Android contacts to Gmail on Android device directly

Contacts on an Android-based tablet or phone can be synced with Gmail safely. Contacts remain available online in Gmail list of contacts. In order to sync contacts, Gmail account should be installed and synchronization enabled, on your device. Are you now seeing your contacts from your phone in your Google contacts? If not, then let’s next make sure you have set to sync your Contacts to your Gmail account and not your phone:

  1. Make sure that you have Gmail installed on your device.
  2. Go to Settings, then go to ‘Accounts and Sync’.
  3. Ensure, else move contacts button to ‘ON’
  4. Enable the Accounts and syncing service.
  5. Select your Gmail account from the e-mail accounts setup.
  6. Make sure that you’ve enabled the ‘Sync Contacts’ option.
  7. Press ‘Sync now’ button and wait until all the phone contacts have been successfully synchronized with your gmail account.
  8. Now open Gmail in your computer’s web browser and click the Gmail text link that is listed on the upper left side of the Gmail profile.
  9. Select Contacts and then you should see a page where all the contacts from your Android smartphone have been stored.

Verizon Server SMTP, IMAP, and POP Settings

Here are the SMTP, IMAP, and POP settings for your email account:

A. Verizon SMTP Settings (Outgoing Server Settings)

SMTP Server Name: (for Verizon AOL) / (for Verizon Yahoo)

SMTP Port Number: 465 (SSL) / 587 (TLS)

Encryption: SSL / TLS

SMTP Username: your full email address (xxxx@)

SMTP Password: your email account password

B. Verizon IMAP Settings (Incoming Server Settings)

IMAP Server Name: imap.aol.com (for Verizon AOL) / (for Verizon Yahoo)

IMAP Port Number: 993

Encryption: SSL

C. Verizon POP Settings (Incoming Server Settings)

POP Server Name: (for Verizon AOL) / (for Verizon Yahoo)

POP Port Number: 995

Encryption: SSL

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Now that we’ve covered Verizon Email’s incoming and outgoing server settings, I’ll show you how to set them up in different email clients:

How To Export Contacts From iCloud (and iPhone)

iPhone users who use iCloud to sync contacts can export all their contacts using the iCloud website from a desktop or laptop. Unlike Outlook and Gmail, iCloud exports contacts in the vCard (.vcf) format. But don’t worry, Gmail can read and import the VCF format just fine.

First, you should make sure that iCloud contact sync is enabled. To do this, open the Settings app and tap on your Profile from the top. Here, choose the iCloud option and from the next screen, make sure that the Contacts toggle is enabled.

  1. Now, open the iCloud website in your desktop or laptop browser, and after signing in, choose the Contacts option. 
  1. Click the Gear icon from the top-left corner and choose the Select All option. You can also use the Command/Control + A keyboard shortcut.
  2. Now click the Gear icon again and choose the Export vCard option.

iCloud will instantly download the VCF file to your computer. 

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